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WASHINGTON, June 1, 2016 - A study by U.K.-based PG Economics finds that farmers around the world who use genetically modified (GM) seeds reaped economic benefits averaging more than $100 per hectare (about 2.5 acres) in 2014 while at the same time improving the environmental sustainability of their operations.
WASHINGTON, May 31, 2016 - The 2017 Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS) proposed by EPA disappointed both biofuels and fossil fuels advocates.That's because EPA set next year's mandate for corn ethanol at 14.8 billion gallons - 200 million gallons below the level set by Congress and far short of ethanol industry capacity but well above what the petroleum industry considers acceptable.
WASHINGTON, May 31, 2016 - In a decision that did not come as a surprise, the Supreme Court has ruled unanimously that landowners can challenge Army Corps of Engineers' wetlands determinations in court (U.S. Army Corps of Engineers v. Hawkes Co.).
May 26, 2016 - In their second hearing on the state of their industry in the
last three days, livestock groups did their best to make the case for less red
tape and an increased international footprint.
WASHINGTON, May 26, 2016 - The Food and Drug Administration is doing a better job of targeting imported food for inspection but still has work to do, a new Government Accountability Office report concludes.
WASHINGTON, May 26, 2016 - A spending bill that included a rider to stop the Obama administration from implementing its (waters of the U.S.) rule failed in the House after conservatives bolted over an amendment that was adopted to protect LGBT rights.
WASHINGTON, May 26,
2016 - Since the Energy Department (DOE) launched the SunShot Initiative in
2011 with a goal of making solar electricity cost-competitive with traditional
sources of electricity by 2020...
WASHINGTON, May 26, 2016 - California's drought has taken
center stage this week in the House as Republicans have pressed forward with
two bills that would roll back environmental protections that limit the flow of
irrigation water into the Central Valley.
This week's guest on Open Mic is Michel Nischan, CEO and Founder of Wholesome Wave, and an award-winning chef. The USDA announced a second amount of funding for the nonprofit to expand its healthy food initiative into areas of Connecticut and Vermont. The $500,000 was awarded through the Food Insecurity Nutrition Incentive Program, enabling SNAP program participants to buy more locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables. The program means better nutrition for consumers and increased opportunities for local farmers. In this interview, Chef Nischan shares his vision for the power of food to improve personal health, his thoughts on improving diets with fresh as well as frozen vegetables, and his ideas for the future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program.